Archive for October, 2010

Word From the Streets – w/c 18th October 2010 – AND FINALLY…

This week in New York, the UN General Assembly passed its latest resolution on sport. This saw a renewed endorsement of the role that sport can play as a vehicle for positive social change. This is to be welcomed as over the last decade, the sport and social and human development movement sees sport now playing a role in virtually all the UN agencies. What is not so clear is how an integrated UN policy framework can be realised so that it allows the UN Millennium goals to be efficiently and effectively added in the value within sports now accepted More >

Word From the Streets – w/c 18th October 2010 – QUOTES

“The biggest problem for me is the kids. They’ve all got agents, they’ve all got long contracts. When I began in the game, then after I became a manager, it was usual for a youngster to be given a one-year contract, at most two. At the end of the season, you went to see the manager and you either had a new deal or were released. Nowadays, kids at clubs like Tottenham, and elsewhere, get four or five year contracts for crazy money.”

“There’s probably some good agents out there – I’m not saying they are all bad guys – but More >

Word From the Streets – w/c 18th October 2010 – INTERNATIONALLY

Wikileaks this week released 400,000 secret US Army documents to international media groups. The documents show the real civilian costs of the Iraq war where tens of thousands of people were killed, many still missing, between 2004 and 2009, period of the war that is now ‘officially’ over. Men, women and children have all suffered for those that are killed than 100’s more that are left injured and traumatised. A war that was meant to liberate a nation from tyranny has lead to violent anarchy, with pain and suffering a feature of daily life, with warring factions competing for power, More >

Word From the Streets – w/c 18th October 2010 – NATIONALLY

The Chancellor, whilst competing for media column inches, time, twittering and multi media social coverage to the most important austerity measures in 80 years, with the national game, the issues of negotiations, statements, counter statements, spin and bonuses along with assurances were not within the political arena, but in the ambitions of a star player seeking improved conditions with a star football club. The reality for sport was however bleak within the Chancellor’s announced measures of cuts. Whilst all things seemed bright for the 2012 Olympics, protected as it must and should be, community and school sport will have seen More >

Word From the Streets w/c 18th October 2010 – NATIONALLY

The Chancellor, whilst competing for media column inches, time, twittering and multi media social coverage to the most important austerity measures in 80 years, with the national game, the issues of negotiations, statements, counter statements, spin and bonuses along with assurances were not within the political arena, but in the ambitions of a star player seeking improved conditions with a star football club. The reality for sport was however bleak within the Chancellor’s announced measures of cuts. Whilst all things seemed bright for the 2012 Olympics, protected as it must and should be, community and school sport will have seen More >

Word From the Streets w/c 18th October 2010 – REGIONALLY

With the final days of Black history month celebrated and highlighted in the city historically linked to the unacceptable legacy of slavery, Liverpool played host to the annual mobo Awards at the Echo Arena. With a full programme of cultural and artistic activity for young community artists, the awards growing reputation as the X Factor for black talent is now being fully established. With workshops and talent scouting by a number of the major record labels, the Mobo Awards this year sought to redefine itself as it took its show from its original Southern location to a more Northern area More >

Word From the Streets w/c 18th October 2010 – LOCALLY

Manchester United have pledged to raise at least £1million for UNICEF to help its work saving the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children. United have worked with UNICEF since 1999. Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Our first trip to Thailand in 1999 was a real eye-opener. We met children as young as six who had been rescued from street prostitution. It shocked many of my players and made them realise what they real world was like because they can live a very cocooned existence and are very wealthy. But the players are heroes to these kids. Just being More >

Word From the Streets w/c 18th October 2010

Comprehensive spending reviews, austerity cuts, uncertainty and fear. All conspire to hinder the human spirit and all that it socially and culturally makes good. In a week where sport was politics, politics was sport and the art of the immaculate became the deception, the only reality of all things understood were the streets from the streets by the streets.

Word From the Streets w/c 11th October 2010 – AND FINALLY…

Research has found links between violence on TV and video games, and violence in real life. A report from published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences highlighted results, which showed that teenage boys are more prone to aggressive behaviour when they view it on TV or in video games. A medical scanner was used to investigate the brain activity of 22 boys aged between 14 and 17 as they watched four-second clips of violent scenes from 60 different videos. WFTS comments – shame they paid out so much for the research the Youth Charter had been saying More >

Word From the Streets w/c 11th October 2010 – QUOTES

“When I was a child I wasn’t allowed to sit at the front of the bus because I was black. Now I sit at the front of the aeroplane. America has grown up.”

-       Jessie Jackson, the famous Baptist minister and civil rights campaigner on the maturing attitude in United States.

“So many women fought so hard for equality…it breaks my heart when teenage girls just want to be Wags.”

-       TV presenter Lorraine Kelly on WAG culture